Meet the Mets
The Mets routed the Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday night, scoring an impressive fifteen runs. Lucas Duda hit a couple of home runs, Michael Conforto had four hits and drew a walk, newcomer Kelly Johnson hit a home run, and that doesn't even cover all of it. Matt Harvey gave up two runs in seven innings. It was a good night in Queens.
Matt Harvey seems to be getting comfortable with his slider again, which would be bad news for opposing hitters and good news for the Mets.
Now that Johnson and Juan Uribe are on the roster, Terry Collins sees an opportunity to hold players accountable if they are not performing by reducing their playing time. And Johnson had some very nice things to say about his new team's starting rotation.
Juan Uribe just knows how to win.
In case you missed it, Michael Conforto became the 1,000th player to play for the Mets when he joined the team on Friday. Since he got into a game before Juan Uribe, we'll say Kelly Johnson takes him 1,001st honors.
Around the NL East
Unfortunately, the Nationals won, beating the Pirates in a rout of their own and keeping the Mets three games back in the division.
The Braves lost to the Cardinals despite a very good outing by Shelby Miller against his former team.
In a game that matters for draft slots next year, the Marlins beat the Padres.
And last but not least, you might have heard that Cole Hamels is on the trade block. Well, he went out and threw a no-hitter last night. Oh and he no-hit the Cubs, which pulls the Mets one game closer to them in the Wild Card race. That leaves the Giants in the second Wild Card spot, the Giants 1.5 back and the Mets 3.5 back.
Yesterday at AA
Jeff Paternostro writes up the two prospects the Mets sent to the Braves for Johnson and Uribe.
Travis d'Arnaud rehab assignment shifted to the Binghamton Mets.
Logan Verrett is back, at least temporarily while Jon Niese is on paternity leave.
This date in Mets history
John Maine had a great start on this date a few years back.